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Local mums volunteer to support others with breastfeeding

Posted: 23 November 2016
Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer

A group of mums in west Hertfordshire have signed up to become breastfeeding peer support volunteers. The group have been trained by a team of volunteer health professionals.

Peer support groupThe 18-strong team of peer supporters, who are all breastfeeding mums, attended a 12 week course to prepare them to work on the maternity wards. The peer supporters will encourage and support new mums to breastfeed their babies while they are in hospital.

The Trust is celebrating the completion of the volunteers’ training with a ceremony on Saturday 3rd December where Dr Gloria Rowland, head of midwifery and gynaecology, will present peer support training certificates to each member of the group.

Kay Barber, infant feeding co-ordinator, said: “This really is a massive achievement for all of the mums involved. Our new peer supporters will be able to stand by the sides of new mums and offer practical and emotional support.

“The hospital is working towards the UNICEF baby friendly Initiative (BFI) awards and we hope to achieve the stage 1 award early next year. The aim of the initiative is to protect and promote breastfeeding and close, loving parent-infant relationships.”

Olga Danyluk Singh a mother of three children, the driver of the peer support group said: “our peer support group is a wonderful collective project, which isn't just a dream anymore thanks to many selfless, giving, courageous and passionate women. I am so honoured to work with them all!”

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  1. Starlight Children’s Foundation provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for children with serious and terminal illnesses. For more information on Starlight, visit www.starlight.org.uk.
  2. For more information, please contact Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  3. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.